In the News: The Dutch

••• Locanda Verde‘s Andrew Carmellini has decided on a name for his new Soho restaurant (in what used to be the Cub Room): The Dutch. (Eater)

••• Time Out New York‘s restaurant critic didn’t much like BLT Bar & Grill: “The clone-ready restaurant … is a personality-free zone, and an embarrassment to the man whose initials still adorn the marquee. [The menu is] an odd mix of high and low classics, lobster risotto on the same menu as beer-battered fish—a diner designed with off-duty bankers in mind.” (via Grub Street)

••• “The Battery Park City Authority board of directors voted in their September meeting to clarify rules about personal relationships among employees of the Authority. […] The board amended the Authority’s rules to state that, ‘consensual romantic and/or sexual relationships or platonic living relationships between a supervisor and an employee in which the supervisor has the ability to impact the progress or assignments of another employee are strictly prohibited.’ Several board members asked, half-jokingly, about the difference between ‘prohibited’ and ‘strictly prohibited.’ […] Board member Frank Branchini repeatedly alluded to ‘that other situation,’ which he said had developed, ‘because the old rules weren’t clear.’ Mr. Branchini did not return phone calls asking for details of the situation to which he referred, and a BPCA spokesperson professed to be unfamiliar with the circumstances.” (Broadsheet Daily)

••• “The Manhattan District Attorney’s office handed over two Torahs that were stolen nearly two decades ago to be donated to synagogues in Bulgaria and Serbia in a ceremony at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Tuesday.” (DNAinfo)


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